Rocklin upsets Inderkum to win its homecoming game

Thunder prevails 31-22
By: Jim Linsdau/Placer Herald Sports Editor
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An undefeated Inderkum was guest for Rocklin High’s Homecoming game and discovered the Thunder’s 1-3 record was a bit deceiving. Even more deceiving has been the rapid rise of Rocklin backup quarterback Logan Webb, who has been filling in for the injured Daniel Kniffin. Webb threw four touchdown passes against the Tigers to hand the visitors their first loss, 31-22 Friday. Inderkum was the fifth opponent ranked in the Sacramento Bee’s top 25 that Rocklin has played in the preseason. The Thunder had a chance to win in each of those contests and did defeat Whitney in the Quarry Bowl two weeks ago. Rocklin head coach Greg Benzel now feels his club is coming together at just the right time. “Well I think it’s come out in bits and pieces the last couple of weeks,” Benzel said describing his club’s self-discovery. “People say you shouldn’t schedule tough opponents, but if we don’t we won’t be ready for league. All that stuff has prepared us for league and we’re rising at the right time.” The Tigers struck first when their lightning back Eric Walters raced 46 yards for the first score of the night. But Webb and Co. came right back when the junior quarterback hit Dom Giampaoli with a 31-yard strike in the corner of the end zone. Inderkum’s team speed seemed to get bogged down in Rocklin’s tenacious defense that prompted one bystander to comment that the Tigers looked tired; weary would probably have been a better description. The Thunder defense harassed Inderkum quarterback C.J. Spencer all night. And with the exception of some long gainers, the boys in blue bottled up the Tigers’ ground attack pretty well. After gaining a three-point halftime lead on Max O’Rourke’s 17-yard field goal, Rocklin came out gunning in the second half. Although the Tigers refused to go away, they simply didn’t have an answer for the Thunder’s passing game. Inderkum managed to tackle Rocklin running back Raymon Kendall in the end zone for a safety, and that would also give them great field position following Rocklin’s kick from the 20-yard line. But the Thunder defense again proved too stubborn. After getting the ball at Rocklin’s 29 yard line, the Tigers went steadily backwards until Ryan Durgarian ended their agony by picking off a Spencer pass. Webb then came back with a 27-yard strike to receiver Spencer Gregg for a touchdown. After Inderkum answered back with a score, Webb returned the favor by tossing a swing pass out to Cory Burmester, who rambled 56 yards for the final tally of the night. Webb said his ability to fit into the lineup so quickly was his immediate acceptance by the coaches and team. He said they treated him just as they did Kniffin before the senior was injured. “The run was awesome tonight. Ray (Kendall) did great, Patrick (Ryan) did great. Our receivers did great; Cory (Burmester) and Dom (Giampaoli) and Spencer (Gregg); an all-around good effort,” Webb said of the team’s effort against Inderkum. “It makes it easier on me.” Rocklin has next week off and will open Sierra Foothill League play at Nevada Union Oct. 5. Rocklin 31, Inderkum 22 Tigers 7 0 8 7 – 22 Thunder 7 3 14 7 – 31 1st Qtr I – Walters 46 run (Spencer kick), 8:25 R – Webb 31 pass to Giampaoli (Mook kick), 5:46 2nd Qtr R – FG O’Rourke 17, 0:25 3rd Qtr R – Webb 27 pass to Gregg (Mook kick), 10:05 I – Walters 15 run (kick failed), 6:45 I – Safety, 4:48 R – Webb 28 pass to Giampaoli (Mook kick), 0:00 4th Qtr I – Spencer 48 pass to Sapp (Spencer kick), 10:02 R – Webb 56 pass To Burmester (O’Rourke kick), 8:30 RUSHING Inderkum – 38-192 2 TD. Rocklin – 24-102 PASSING Inderkum 9-21, 129, TD, INT. Rocklin – 10-22, 256, 4 TD. Team Totals – Inderkum 321. Rocklin 358.